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All presentations will be held at the Ronald Williams Library, 4th floor, Room LIB 412, unless stated otherwise.

Monday, November 6, 2017

9:20 - 10:20 a.m.

Know Your Rights
Presenter: Adina Lapadat (NEIU TRIO SSS Student)

Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents
You have rights! This session will talk about immigration issues, DACA, and human rights that are granted to ALL by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (For example; tenant rights, refugee rights). 

10:30 - 11:30 A.m.

The Financial Aid Process
Presenter: Vanessa Del Real (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)
Audience: Students
This presentation focuses on the basics of the financial aid process, including FAFSA, types of financial aid, cost of attendance, and financial aid award letters.
(This session fulfills the financial literacy requirement for TRIO students.)

11:40 A.M. - 12:40 p.m.

How to Successfully Land an Internship
Presenter: Adrian Rosado (The Zion Group)
Audience: Students

Our session will talk about the traits necessary to land a selective internship. We will break down the communication skills, video interview and phone screening that is necessary from employers. During the session, we will take part in an activity to showcase those skills and speak about The Zion Group’s Internship Opportunity with US Army for Summer 2018.

1:00 - 2:10 p.m.

​Become a Successful Learner by Taking "Cornell Notes"
Presenter: Celeste Sancen (NEIU TRIO SSS Student)
Audience: Students

The “Cornell Notes” is a note taking system. Class lectures in college can be confusing. It’s important that students learn how to become successful learners. It is important to learn how to take effective notes during a class lecture. Learning how to take Cornell Notes is simple. Class lectures will become clearer through this note taking system. Students will increase their knowledge and raise their grades in class.

2:20 - 3:20 p.m.

How Can Parents Support Students in College
Presenters:Solomon Dixon (NEIU TRIO SSS Coach) & Amie Jatta (NEIU TRIO SSS Staff)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents

This presentation will provide strategies for parents to better support their child while in college. It will look at a proactive approach of parent mentoring.

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Student Philanthropy and the Importance of Giving
Presenter: Ashley Argon (NEIU Alumni Relations)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty

Student Philanthropy Committee educates students on the importance of giving by fundraising for scholarships, service projects, and hosting student life activities that build school spirit. Alumni Relations has 3 Scholarship opportunities for students. After graduating, an Alumni Association Membership connects graduates to NEIU through GOLD alumni events, networking, volunteering, etc.

5:40 - 6:40 p.m.

Declutter!: How Your Stuff is Holding You Back from Truly Living
Presenter: Alex Kerr (NEIU Student)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents

Part 1: Decluttering techniques and how to create organizational systems.
Part 2: Life after the clutter: How to identify priorities and plan steps to achieve clear goals.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

9:25 - 10:40 a.m.

Ca$h for College: Scholarships
Presenter: Monica Teixeira (NEIU TRIO SSS Staff)
Audience: Students

Students will learn the importance of meeting scholarship deadlines, where to search for scholarships, and the steps for a strong application.
(This session fulfills the financial literacy requirement for TRIO students.)

10:50 a.m. - 12:05 P.M.

NEIU Tool Box
Presenter: Kevin Gau (NEIU TRIO SSS Student)
Audience: Student

Everyone needs a tool box for success. Hopefully by the end of this presentation, you will be able to create your virtual tool box of resources so that you can be successful on your NEIU journey!

12:15 - 1:30 P.m.

Setting Goals and Staying Motivated
Presenter: Marianyelli Hanna (NEIU TRIO SSS Staff)
Audience: Students

Do you create goals, but have a difficult time staying motivated or accomplishing them? This workshop will discuss the different types of goals, how to create goals using the SMART method, as well as the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. 

1:40 - 2:55 p.m. 

Trends in Minimum Standards of Academic Progress
Presenter: Maureen Amos (NEIU Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty

The session will discuss the criteria - qualitative and quantitative - associated with the Federal requirement and trends of NEIU students’ progress.

3:05 - 4:05 p.m.

The Connection Between the Brain, How You Sleep and How You Eat
Presenter: Katherine Gleiss (NEIU Learning Success Center)
Audience: Students

The connection between what you eat and your sleep and learning is being revealed to be more and more impactful.  What foods are bad for your learning and how to pattern your sleep to enhance your memory will be discussed in this workshop.  Learn more about the vagus nerve, good gut bacteria, and how taking care of your health will affect your learning.

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

The Power of the Pause
Presenter: Kelvin Johnson (NEIU TRIO SSS Student)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents

This workshop will provide a strategy and a tool for effective communication: to get your needs met, with anyone including your spouse, family, teachers and all employers.

5:40 - 6:55 p.m.

Careers in Financial Services
Presenter: Lanesha Mohip (NEIU Alum)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents

Information on the benefits of a career in financial services whether Part-Time or Full-Time.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

9:20 - 10:20 a.m.

Attaining Success as a 1st Generation Student
Presenter: Christian Figueroa (DePaul Graduate Student)
Audience: Students

Talking about the unknowns and uncertainty as a first generation student. Addressing the difficulty and disadvantages of a first generation student and how to combat the odds. Define ways of reaching success when all the odds are against you.

9:30 - 11:30 A.M.

Team Building (NEIU Campus Recreation)
Audience: Students
Location: Physical Education Complex Building
In this session, participants will take part in different team building workshops and a session on Meditative Breathing. 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Study Smarter, Not Harder! Effective Strategies for Academic Success
Presenter: Christina Madda (NEIU Professor - Department of Literacy, Leadership & Development)
Audience: Students

In this presentation, students will learn practical, effective, and time-saving strategies for meeting the reading and writing demands of their NEIU coursework. More specifically, students will learn how to improve their ability to take notes, read and remember information presented in textbooks, write summaries, and study or review course materials.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

1st Generation College Students Day – TRIO Awards Ceremony
Audience: Students
Location: NEIU Cafeteria

Come celebrate 1st Generation College Student Day and recognize the achievements of TRIO students and the Coaches, Tutors, and Faculty/Staff who support them. 

2:20 - 3:30 P.M. 

Mitigating Challenges Faced by 1st Generation College Students
Presenters: Angela Vidal-Rodriguez (NEIU Director - TRIO McNair Program) & Peggy Valdes  (NEIU Academic Skills Specialist - TRIO McNair Scholars Program)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty
This interactive presentation will address the documented challenges faced by 1st generation students when participating in Higher Education. We will discuss the challenges in relation to the NEIU student population. We will inform about recommended best practices that help students overcome these challenges with special focus on the role of institutions, faculty and staff. Then we will open the presentation to a panel of 1st generation students so they can share their experience as 1st generation student with the hope that they can also recommend how we can serve their peers better.  We will also encourage our audience to share their insight on how they have helped mitigate the challenges inherent in being the first in their family attending college.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

9:25 - 10:40 a.m.

Are You Ready for the Job Market
Presenter: Jesse Rutschman (NEIU TRIO SSS Staff)
Audience: Students

Learn about resources, strategies, and opportunities to better navigate your career journey. In this workshop, you will: identify career possibilities; identify the skills, experience, and education needed for your desired career; set goals to gain the needed skills, experience, and education; learn about opportunities that will help you land internships and jobs.

10:50 A.M. - 12:05 P.m.

Get Involved and Live your Life like it IS Golden
Presenter: Stephanie Herrera (NEIU Wentworth Scholars Program - Specialist/Academic Student Success Coach)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents

This presentation will highlight NEIU Campus Resources. Students are often unaware of student services, and miss out on opportunities. I would like to make students aware of the value, and the power of the resources provided to them, because it is FREE, but not really. Furthermore, the importance, benefits, and how it helps you build your social capital!

12:15 - 1:30 P.m.

The 3 F’s of Choosing a Graduate School
Presenter: William Escalante (NEIU TRIO SSS Staff)
Audience: Students

Graduate school is different than college in many ways including how you select the right graduate program for you. This session will discuss some of the important factors to consider when deciding on a university for your graduate program. 

1:40 - 2:55 p.m.

Dollars and Sense
Presenter: Gus Tucker (Transamerica Representative)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents

Content will discuss how to establish a budget, the rule of 72, how compound interest works, how to set up an emergency fund and how to avoid overpaying interest on debt.
(This session fulfills the financial literacy requirement for TRIO students.)

3:05 - 4:05 p.m.

Ca$h for College: Scholarships
Presenter: Monica Teixeira (NEIU TRIO SSS Staff)
Audience: Students

Students will learn the importance of meeting scholarship deadlines, where to search for scholarships, and the steps for a strong application. 
(This session fulfills the financial literacy requirement for TRIO students.)

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Networking Essentials
Presenter: Liz Buerger (Non-profit partner - America Needs You)
Audience: Students

The presentation will cover the components of an effective elevator pitch and discuss its role as a key networking tool. Students will have the opportunity to draft their pitch and practice it within a networking scenario.  Additionally, first year students are encouraged to attend and learn about a unique opportunity for professional development, mentoring and finding paid internships with ANY Illinois. 

5:40 - 6:55 p.m.

How Money Works
Presenter: Lanesha Mohip (NEIU Alum)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents

Basic financial concepts on money including debt, budget, saving, investing and insurance.
(This session fulfills the financial literacy requirement for TRIO students.)

Friday, November 10, 2017

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

My Strengths and How I Use Them
Presenters: Jesse Rutschman (NEIU TRIO SSS Staff) & Ana Ferraz-Castilho (NEIUTRIO SSS Coach)
Audience: Students

Participants will analyze their top five StrengthsQuest Signature Themes and how one's talents can be applied to their career journey.  Participants will also create a Meaningful Work Statement, to provide insight and purpose to one's career goals.  From here, participants may develop a high quality professional identity statement that communicates strengths (with clear examples) and career goals. All of these activities will provide learning and tools which can be used to develop effective resumes, Personal Statements, and cover letters, as well as inform job interviews.

10:30 - 11:20 a.m.

Making your Research Easier Using the Library
Presenter: Alyssa Vincent (NEIU Library Staff)
Audience: Students

An introduction to library resources, including how to search the library catalog, using databases to find articles and other research materials, and the library space as well as the library faculty and staff. We’ll highlight how these tools will make research easier and help students “ace” college.

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Universal Design for Learning: My Journey as an Instructor and Training Developer
Presenter: Lisa Hollis - Sawyer (NEIU Professor - Psychology)
Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty

I will present my ongoing learning of UDL principles and resources applied to my instruction, and how this relates to the design of an online training program through coordination with the TRIO and Student Disability Services programs on campus.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Career Fair
Audience: Students
Various Professional Opportunities

Come and speak with representative from NEIU Graduate Admissions, NEIU Student Employment, Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois and representatives from various companies and agencies regarding professional opportunities.

Information will be provided in Spring 2018. 

Registration is now open for the Fall 2017 Leading and Learning Week. 

Proposals are now closed for Fall 2017. 

The TRIO Leading and Learning Week is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community members to share knowledge that impacts success in higher education. It is a five-day individual development opportunity coordinated by the TRIO Student Support Services Program with presentations/workshops by faculty, staff, students, and NEIU supporters. 

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